• Patrick Eisenlohr deposited Religious language and media: Sound reproduction and transduction in the group Group logo of Music and SoundMusic and Sound on Humanities Commons 3 months, 1 week ago

    In this chapter I discuss how contests about religious language have revolved around a contrast between, on the one hand, a preference for literalism, with its emphasis on reference and denotation; and on the other hand, a valuation of the poetic functions of language and its material properties. Turning to the issue of electronically mediated language in religious settings, I discuss how sound reproduction technology has become part of religious practices, drawing on my research on language and media among Mauritian Muslims. I analyze how electronic mediation of voice is intended to bring members of this community closer to the divine; and I show how the material dimensions of language, which I seek to capture under the logic of transduction, sustain religious interaction.